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RA-50098-11
Research Fellowships at the Huntington Library
Steve Hindle, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

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Unsettling the West: Violence and State Building in the Ohio Valley (Book)
Title: Unsettling the West: Violence and State Building in the Ohio Valley
Author: Rob Harper
Abstract: This book demonstrates that government policies profoundly unsettled the Ohio Valley, even as effective authority remained elusive. Far from indifferent to states, both Indians and colonists sought government allies to aid them in both intra- and intercultural conflicts. Rather than spreading uncontrollably across the landscape, colonists occupied new areas when changing policies, often unintentionally, gave them added incentives to do so. Sporadic killings escalated into massacre and war only when militants gained access to government resources. Amid the resulting upheaval, Indians and colonists sought to preserve local autonomy by forging relationships with eastern governments. Ironically, these local pursuits of order ultimately bolstered state power. Following scholars of European and Latin American history, Harper extends the study of mass violence beyond immediate motives to the structural and institutional factors that make large-scale killing possible. The Ohio Valley's transformation, he shows, echoed the experience of early modern and colonial state formation around the world. His attention to the relationships between violence, colonization, and state building connects the study of revolutionary America to a vibrant literature on settler colonialism.
Year: 2018
Primary URL: http://www.worldcat.org/title/unsettling-the-west-violence-and-state-building-in-the-ohio-valley/oclc/990257535&referer=brief_results
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Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780812249644
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes

The Gentlewoman's Remembrance: Patriarchy, Piety and Singlehood in Early Stuart England (Book)
Title: The Gentlewoman's Remembrance: Patriarchy, Piety and Singlehood in Early Stuart England
Author: Isaac Stephens
Abstract: A microhistory of a never-married English gentlewoman named Elizabeth Isham, this book centres on an extremely rare piece of women's writing - a recently discovered 60,000-word spiritual autobiography held in Princeton's manuscript collections that she penned around 1639. The autobiography is unmatched in providing an inside view of her family relations, her religious beliefs, her reading habits and, most sensationally, the reasons why she chose never to marry despite desires to the contrary held by her male kin, particularly Sir John Isham, her father. Based on the autobiography, combined with extensive research of the Isham family papers now housed at the county record office in Northampton, this book restores our historical memory of Elizabeth and her female relations, expanding our understanding and knowledge about patriarchy, piety and singlehood in early modern England.
Year: 2016
Primary URL: http://www.worldcat.org/title/gentlewomans-remembrance-patriarchy-piety-and-singlehood-in-early-stuart-england/oclc/942707143http://
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Publisher: Manchester Univerisity Press
Type: Single author monograph
Copy sent to NEH?: No

Storm of the Sea: Indians and Empires in the Atlantic's Age of Sail (Book) [show prizes]
Title: Storm of the Sea: Indians and Empires in the Atlantic's Age of Sail
Author: Matthew Bahar
Abstract: From their earliest encounters with Europeans in the sixteenth century to the end of the Seven Years' War in 1763, the Wabanaki Indians of northern New England and the Canadian Maritimes fought to enhance their relationship with the ocean and the colonists it brought to their shores. This native maritime world clashed with the relentless efforts of Europeans to supplant it with one more amenable to their imperial designs. The Wabanaki fortified their longstanding dominion over the region's land- and seascape by co-opting European sailing technology and regularly plundering the waves of European ships, sailors, and cargo. Their campaign of sea and shore brought wealth, honor, and power to their confederacy while alienating colonial neighbors and thwarting English and French imperialism through devastating attacks. Their seaborne raids developed both a punitive and extractive character; they served at once as violent and honorable retribution for the destructive pressures of colonialism in Indian country and as a strategic enterprise to secure valuable plunder. Ashore, Indian diplomats engaged in shrewd transatlantic negotiations with imperial officials of French Acadia and New England.
Year: 2018
Primary URL: http://www.worldcat.org/title/storm-of-the-sea-indians-and-empires-in-the-atlantics-age-of-sail/oclc/1039112293&referer=brief_resultshttp://
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780190874247
Copy sent to NEH?: No

The Poverty of Disaster: Debt and Insecurity in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Book) [show prizes]
Title: The Poverty of Disaster: Debt and Insecurity in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Author: Tawny Paul
Abstract: Eighteenth-century Britain is often understood as a time of commercial success, economic growth, and improving living standards. Yet during this period, tens of thousands of men and women were imprisoned for failing to pay their debts. The Poverty of Disaster tells their stories, focusing on the experiences of the middle classes who enjoyed opportunities for success on one hand, but who also faced the prospect of downward social mobility. Tawny Paul examines the role that debt insecurity played within society and the fragility of the credit relations that underpinned commercial activity, livelihood, and social status. She demonstrates how, for the middle classes, insecurity took economic, social, and embodied forms. It shaped the work that people did, their social status, their sense of self, their bodily autonomy, and their relationships with others. In an era of growing debt and the squeeze of the middle class, The Poverty of Disaster offers a new history of capitalism and takes a long view of the financial insecurities that plague our own uncertain times.
Year: 2019
Primary URL: https://www.worldcat.org/title/poverty-of-disaster-debt-and-insecurity-in-eighteenth-century-britain/oclc/1121100627&referer=brief_results
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9781108496940
Copy sent to NEH?: No

Connecting Centre and Locality: Political Communication in Early Modern England (Book)
Title: Connecting Centre and Locality: Political Communication in Early Modern England
Editor: Chris Kyle
Editor: Jason Peacey
Abstract: This collection explores the dynamics of local/national political culture in seventeenth-century Britain, with particular reference to political communication. It examines the degree to which connections were forged between politics in London, Whitehall and Westminster, politics in the localities and the patterns and processes that can be recovered. The goal is to create a dialogue between two prominent strands in recent historiography and between the work of social and political historians of the early modern period. Chapters by leading historians of Stuart England examine how the state worked to communicate with its people and how local communities, often far from the metropole, opened their own lines of communication with the centre.
Year: 2021
Publisher: The English Historical Review
Type: Edited Volume
ISBN: 978-1-5261-471

Scandal and Religious Identity in Early Stuart England (Book)
Title: Scandal and Religious Identity in Early Stuart England
Author: Isaac Stephens
Abstract: This book starts with an extraordinary event and document. The event is the trial and execution for infanticide of a puritan minister, John Barker, along with his wife's niece and their maid, in Northampton in 1637; the document,what appears to be a virtual transcript of Barker's last speech on the gallows. His downfall soon became polemical fodder in scribal publications, with Puritans circulating defences of Barker and anti-Calvinists producing a Laudian condemnation of the minister. Scandal and Religious Identity in Early Stuart England uses Barker's crime and fate as a window on the religious world of early modern England. It is based upon an extraordinary deposit of manuscript and printed sources, all produced between 1637 and 1640 by people living in close proximity to one another and all of whom knew one another, either as friends or more often as enemies. Marshalling evidence frompublic polemical sources and from almost entirely private ones - a diary, private letters and a spiritual autobiography - the book is able to examine the same events and persons, and beliefs and practices, from multiple perspectives: the micro and the macro, the personal and the political, and the affective and the doctrinal. Throughout, we meet a range of very different people putting various bodies of religious theory into practice, connecting the most local and particular of events and rivalries to the great issues of the day and responding, in certain cases, to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and the temptations of the devil. This approach enables a whole series of generalisations to be explored: about the relation between politics and religion, devotion and polemic, puritans and their enemies, local and national affairs; between rumour, manuscript and print; and, finally, about gender hierarchyand the social roles of men and women. The result is an extraordinarily detailed and intimate portrait of the religio- political scene in an English county on the eve of civil war.
Year: 2015
Publisher: Boydell Press
Type: Multi-author monograph
ISBN: 9781783270149

The World that Fear Made: Slave Revolts and Conspiracy Scares in Early America (Book)
Title: The World that Fear Made: Slave Revolts and Conspiracy Scares in Early America
Author: Jason Sharples
Abstract: From the Stono Rebellion in 1739 to the Haitian Revolution of 1791 to Nat Turner's Rebellion in 1831, slave insurrections have been understood as emblematic rejections of enslavement, the most powerful and, perhaps, the only way for slaves to successfully challenge the brutal system they endured. In The World That Fear Made, Jason T. Sharples orients the mirror to those in power who were preoccupied with their exposure to insurrection. Because enslavers in British North America and the Caribbean methodically terrorized slaves and anticipated just vengeance, colonial officials consolidated their regime around the dread of rebellion. As Sharples shows through a comprehensive data set, colonial officials launched investigations into dubious rumors of planned revolts twice as often as actual slave uprisings occurred. In most of these cases, magistrates believed they had discovered plans for insurrection, coordinated by a network of enslaved men, just in time to avert the uprising. Their crackdowns, known as conspiracy scares, could last for weeks and involve hundreds of suspects. They sometimes brought the execution or banishment of dozens of slaves at a time, and loss and heartbreak many times over. Mining archival records, Sharples shows how colonists from New York to Barbados tortured slaves to solicit confessions of baroque plots that were strikingly consistent across places and periods. Informants claimed that conspirators took direction from foreign agents; timed alleged rebellions for a holiday such as Easter; planned to set fires that would make it easier to ambush white people in the confusion; and coordinated the uprising with European or Native American invasion forces. Yet, as Sharples demonstrates, these scripted accounts rarely resembled what enslaved rebels actually did when they took up arms. Ultimately, he argues, conspiracy scares locked colonists and slaves into a cycle of terror that bound American society together through shared racial fear.
Year: 2020
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780812252194


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